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  • Kearns, Katherine Susan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991)
  • Copley, Bridget, Lynn, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    Natural languages use a number of different methods to refer to future eventualities: among them are futurates, as in (la), and futures, as in (lb) and (c). (1) a. The Red Sox (are) play(ing) the Yankees tomorrow. b. We'll ...
  • Woisetschlaeger, Erich Friedrich (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977)
  • Rochette, Anne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988)
  • Ingria, Robert Joseph Peter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981)
  • Katz, Fredric M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981)
  • Sveinsdóttir, Ásta Kristjana (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    (cont.) essentiality. I start with our practices of engaging in thought experiments about the essences of things and show how my account vindicates those practices.
  • Hosein, Adam (Adam Omar) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    This dissertation is about fairness and the role it plays in political and personal morality. Specifically, I investigate when it is appropriate to rely on considerations of fairness to draw substantive conclusions about ...
  • Feldmann, Judith M. (Judith Mary) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
  • Graham, Andrew J. (Andrew John) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    In this thesis, I investigate the nature of metaphysics and the role it plays in our broader theoretical pursuits. In doing so, I defend it against various criticisms and offer a novel conception of why metaphysical disputes ...
  • Maitra, Ishani, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    Pornography deserves special protections, it is often said, because it qualifies as speech; therefore, no matter what we think of it, we must afford it the protections that we extend to most speech, but don't extend to ...
  • Almotahari, Mahrad (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Language and consciousness enrich our lives. But they are rare commodities; most creatures are language-less and unconscious. This dissertation is about the conditions that distinguish the haves from the have-nots. The ...
  • Elbourne, Paul, 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    I argue that definite descriptions, pronouns and proper names share one common syntax and semantics, basically that of definite descriptions. E-type pronouns are argued to be definite articles that take NP complements ...
  • Hawley, Patrick, 1964- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    I evaluate three replies to skepticism, drawing conclusions about the meaning of "justified", the viability of foundationalism, the value of knowledge, and the role of belief in rational action. In the first chapter, I ...
  • Kipka, Peter Francis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
  • Saito, Mamoru (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
  • Bach-y-Rita, Peter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
    "Selection and Artifacts" is about how artifacts acquire functions. According to Karen Neander, the function of an artifact is the purpose for which it is designed or built. But I argue that in order for an artifact to ...
  • Sigler, Michele (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
  • Boivin, Marie Claude, 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
  • Katzir, Roni (Roni A.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    This thesis makes the following three claims: (1) Competition exists in natural language: the grammaticality (and meaning) of using a linguistic object 0 can be affected by the grammaticality (and meaning) of a different ...
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